Molly had the pleasure and honor of joining Bernie Sanders, AOC, and many other activists at the Climate Crisis Summit in Iowa this past weekend. Speaking on a panel with Chandra Walker, the Native Caucus Chair for the Nebraska Democratic Party and Zina Precht-Rodriguez, the leader of the Sunrise Movement, Molly was one of many addressing the thousands of Iowans in Des Moines who came together to discuss the climate crisis and support Bernie’s candidacy. All done in front of banners created from Molly’s artwork from the video A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . A full video of the summit can be seen here.
Molly will be attending the kick-off event at the El Museo DEL Barrio at 6 pm at 1249 5th Ave, and signing posters she designed. The event is free and open to the public.
We’re also very proud to announce that Molly has been named as one of the 2020 Bard Fellows at the Brooklyn Public Library. Along with three other writers and scholars, Molly will be engaging with students over the next year and supporting them in their academic pursuits. Read more about it here!
Molly was featured in this weeks Community Spotlight by Radix Media. Radix Media is a worker owned printer and publisher based out of NYC that Molly is proud to support. Earlier this year they handled the printing of Al Andalous in New York, the zine made by Molly and her students during her residency at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and they did an amazing job.
You can also view Molly’s work at the Museum of Broken Windows, a pop-up experience in New York City, which features the work of artists from around the country. The exhibit asks what the toll of Broken Windows policing has been on Black and Brown New Yorkers and invites people to reflect on why the outdated policing strategy belongs in a museum, rather than on our streets.
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On the Radio Juxtapoz podcast Molly talks about the current state of the art world, climate change, her books, and a whole lot more.
On Studio 360 Molly is one of a couple interesting folks interviewed by guest host Maeve Higgins, including playwright Michael R. Jackson and the creators and cast of “Felix Starro,” a new musical from the Ma-Yi Theater Company. Molly discusses writing Brothers of the Gun with Marwan Hisham, and her video “A Message From The Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
You can check it out below or tune into WNYC 93.9FM this Sunday at 11 or on 200+ other stations over the next week.
Molly is honored to have been chosen for a New America Fellowship for 2020. @NAfellows will be supporting her research on the Jewish Labor Bund. Learn more about the New America Fellowship 2020 class below
On September 16th Molly will be joining Jack Jacobs, Jenny Romaine, Irena Klepfisz, Jacob Plitman for a panel on the influence of the Jewish Labor Bund at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. You may remember Molly’s article on the history of the Labor Bund movement and her great-granfather’s involvement with the Jewish socialist response to zionism in NYR Daily last October. This panel will further that discussion by examining how the Bundist ideals are relevant to culture today.
Molly was one of several dozen protestors arrested Sunday at an Amazon flagship store in New York City. As part of a nationwide protest organized by Jewish groups like Never Again Action, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, local synagogues and more, demonstrators staged a sit-in protestoring Amazon’s technological aid of ICE operations. All were released shortly after midnight, and some were given Roshohanah as their first court date.
This thursday, August 15th, Molly will be joining best selling author Ibram X. Kendi for a discussion about his new book; How to Be an Antiracist. The event begins at 8pm at Judson Memorial Church at Washington Square Park. Tickets are available here.
“The whole activist constellation was out: queers and socialists, environmentalists and independentistas, all the people who had marched alongside one another for so long that, up until this summer, protests felt more like family reunions. There were drag queens. There were members of the teachers’ union, whose retirees were seeing their pensions cut. There were organizers against toxic ash dumps. There were feminist activists with tape over their mouths holding hands. And there were flags: the once-banned Puerto Rican flag, now ubiquitous.“
A few of you have asked what kind of art supplies Molly uses, so we wanted to give you a peek at what’s on her drafting table right now.
Right now Molly has been using Ecoline inks for a lot her illustrations, and as an ambassador for Ecolines parent company Royal Talens, she’s gotten to test quite a few of their products before deciding that these are the absolute best.
When it comes to acrylic paint Molly prefers Amsterdam for their opacity and flow, and their ability to stay vibrant on paper as well as canvas.
You’ll see a lot of Ecolines liquid watercolor brush pens in Molly’s court illustrations. They’re not waterproof until they’re dry, giving her lots of time to play with the image before the ink is set.
And no Molly Crabapple illustration would be the same without buckets and buckets of Talens black waterproof drawing ink. It’s in most of her work, and all over her drafting table. It’s such a lusciously opaque high-quality ink, it’s easy to get so lost in a drawing that you don’t even notice you’ve anointed your face, hands, and desk with it. But it’s worth it.
Last week at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near-Eastern Studies, artist in residence Molly Crabapple and her students released their zine “Al Andalus in New York”. The event featured a performance by Syrian-American rapper and poet Omar Offendum, speeches by Molly, Algerian-American film-maker and journalist Assia Boundaoui, and Columbia University professor Hisham Aidi.
“Al Andalus in New York” is the culmination of Molly’s workshop at NYU and is a reference to the eight hundred year period of Muslim rule on the Spanish peninsula, resulting in a multi-cultural series of kingdoms that was one of the most prominent economical and cultural centers of its time.
The zines were printed by Radix Media, a worker-owned union printship based out of Brooklyn, NY.
“Mac and Smith delineate the problems of sex workers in all their prosaic complexity. “A sex worker may describe a bad experience as a labour-rights violation, sexual abuse, or simply a shitty day at work,” they write. Against the stereotypical Happy Hooker, they talk about the “unhappy hooker,” forced, like so many other workers, to do work she loathes in order to earn enough money to survive, and “who reminds us that capitalism cannot be magicked away” by a jail cell or a self-help book for aspiring Girlbosses—and that capitalism reigns most brutally in criminalized markets. Precisely because the safety net is weakest for marginalized people, they are more likely to become sex workers”
On Thursday May 9th at 6PM there will be a launch party for Al Andalus in New York, a zine produced by Molly Crabapple and students at NYUs Kevorkian Center. The event is free and open to the public and will feature panel discussions, readings, performances and more.